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2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

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2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

Hi, we will spend 2 days in Oban in November (we will have a car). Any recommendations for things to do and where to go in the area - by car or by ferry?

Thanks!

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11. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

I missed the November bit too! Boat trips out.

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12. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

You and Scotlandmac had me right confused there, RojBlake!

Edited: 06 November 2018, 22:19
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13. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

No boat trips in November to Staffa or the Treshnish Isles, as pointed out above, but the ferries from Mull to Iona run all year round

Another idea, more local to Oban, would be to take the little ferry from nearby Gallanach to the peaceful island of Kerrera. Lovely place for a quiet walk.

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14. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

Definitely take the ferry across to Mull and drive to Fionnphort for the foot ferry across to Iona. Watch out for eagles along the way and Bunessan Bay is often a good place to spot otters.

If time allows drive up to Tobermoray, with its brightly coloured houses arranged along the bay.

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15. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

Glencoe for the stunning natural beauty.

If you are into neolithic archaeological sites, then head down to the Kilmartin area.

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16. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

If a trip to Mull/Iona/Staffa turns out to be impractical, i second Port Appin/Lismore or Cruachan - and if Industrial history intrests you, the remains of the Bonawe furnace are worth a look.

However, a trip south of Oban, is also worth considering - The Kilmartin Glen area contains a host of archaeological and historic sites, incl large numbers of rock carvings stone circles, cairns an other things of interest, all of which are accessible at any time.

Plus the ancient capital of Dalriada at Dunadd fort, just off the main road and the end of the canal at Crinan - You can have a great day not far at all from Oban.

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http://www.kilmartin.org/visit-us/monuments/

Edited: 07 November 2018, 20:46
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17. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

Thank you so much for all the useful tips!

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18. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

Just a quick report after our trip... Oban or An t-Oban in Scottish Gaelic :) is a nice small sea town with beautiful views to the neighbouring islands. Lots of hotels (Muthu Alexandra is a great choice), bars, restaurants (try Cuan Mor), shops at the bay. The Oban distillery is also worth visitng. And a trip to Isle of Mull is a must for all nature lovers - its wild beauty is simply fascinating! The ferry is convinient (book tickets in advance) and fortunately we didn't have any issues with the weather in November - sunny and warm and... of course windy!!

We didn't have time for Tobermoray and Iona (we drove to Phionnfort with many stops for admiring the nature on the way). It doesn't seem very different but probably next time.

All in all, we liked very much Scotland and will definitely come back to explore it further! Cheers!

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19. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

Thanks for the report doodko - it sounds like you had a great trip, and were very lucky with the weather!

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20. Re: 2 days in Oban - ideas for a day trip

Great - glad it all worked out so well.Nice to see you referring to the Gaelic for Oban too:)

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